It’s no secret that many candidates bend the truth about themselves when applying for premium entry level jobs and paid internships after college. Considering the sheer competition and limitations of today’s job market, it’s understandable that some recent graduates might embellish their role at a past job in order to appear like a more attractive potential employee. As you consider your next pile of applications, beware of these deceitful resume tricks.
General employment dates
Unless you have it filed away or saved as your employee computer password, trying to recall the exact date that you started working at a particular organization can be incredibly difficult. This is even more complicated when you’re trying to account for start and end dates of multiple positions over the course of your career. Because of this, it’s understandable that work history on a given resume might not be overly specific. However, you should be on the lookout for resumes that only list a year or season, as this could be a way of disguising a short period of employment. Spring through summer could mean a person worked for several months or a few weeks at the beginning of June.
Perhaps the seemingly easiest aspects of a resume that someone could fake is their past job titles. Many people feel that simply adding a “Senior” or “Lead” in front of their actual job description is something that will give them a leg up in the application process. While to them this might seem like a minor exaggeration, to you it should signify someone taking credit for work and responsibilities that they didn’t earn. It’s important to check with past employers to verify this information.
A basic knowledge of word processing and organizational computer programs is expected by many different employers, and you might be surprised to learn that candidates often lie about how familiar they are with them – claiming to be experts in software they may have only used once or twice. While you can expect that most people understand how to type on a computer if they’re applying for an office job, you should double check their experience with more advanced programs that are vital to the position.